Software Briefs: NOIE, EDS and Maxamine, Multiactive

NOIE to have Open Source fest

The National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) is hosting a seminar on February 18 in Canberra to discuss Government demand for open source software. Several Government departments have deployed large-scale implementations of open source software in recent years — including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centrelink and the Bureau of Meteorology. This demand has led NOIE to invite the chief information officers and chief technology officers from other Government departments to discuss the technology. Speakers will include Gartner research director Robin Simpson, IBM’s Linux program director Mary Ann Fisher and a fish very much out of her water – Microsoft senior vice-president Maggie Wilderotter.

EDS and Maxamine get cosier

Services giant EDS and Adelaide-born software developer Maxamine have furthered their commitment to a reseller deal signed in October 2001. As part of their original agreement, EDS joined Melbourne-based distributor WebCorrect as a reseller of Maxamine’s Web site analytical tools. Under a new arrangement with Maxamine, EDS will now deliver Maxamine’s analytical software from its web site ( as a “service” rather than merely reselling the software to its customers. A Maxamine spokesperson said this lowered the cost of using the software.

Multiactive changes branding

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) vendor Multiactive Software is to rebrand under the name of its flagship software, Maximizer. The company has changed its name to provide a more concise picture of the company’s focus – CRM software for the mid-market. “Maximizer is the product and brand that people are most familiar with,” marketing and channel sales manager for Maximizer in Australia, James Granter, said.